Ganduje Challenges Court’s Jurisdiction, Elders’ Power to Challenge Emirates Law

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Ganduje, Emirate Council Law,

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has stated that Kano elders group led by Bashir Othman Tofa lacks the locus standi to file a suit challenging the decision by the state government to promulgate the laws that created four new emirate councils.

Ganduje on Wednesday told a Kano High court sitting at Audu Bako secretariat that the Bashir Tofa-led group does not possess the legal requirements to file a suit seeking to halt the execution of the enacted   law.

The governor, who was represented by the state attorney-general and commissioner of justice, Ibrahim Mukthar in an counter-affidavit filed in response to the suit filed against him before Kano high court, further argued that the court also lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, A. B. Mahumd(SAN) vehemently protested that the counter affidavits dated 31st December 2019 were only served on the plaintiffs on their way to the court room.

According to him, the matter would not proceed, owing to the fact that they were just served with the counter affidavits that were filed by the respondents.

The presiding judge, Justice Nura Sagir adjourned the matter to 27th January for continuation.

Mr. Tofa and 20 others under the aegis of Kano Elders Forum have approached the court requesting for an interlocutory injunction restraining Ganduje from giving effect or further effect to the newly enacted Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019.

The group further urged the court to restrain the state government not to convene the inaugural meeting of the state council of chiefs.

Tofa and others also prayed the court to order the state government to revert to status quo prior to the creation of the new law.

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